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Triptychs of Strangers #25, The Graffitect - Berlin

Story about this shot

This shot was taking in Berlin, district Prenzlauer Berg. The location name Mauer Park (Wall Park) is referring to its status as a former part of the Berlin Wall and its Death Strip. I saw him spraying a small section of the wall and I came up with this idea immediately.


About this stranger

Meet Georg, 30 years old and he is first real Berliner I met in this project.


He is playing basketball in a club called Empor, very famous in Berlin btw.


Hip-Hop is the music genre of his choice. The combo of the moment is Doppelgangaz … I looked them up and I think this song here is dope and had to be added to my own library immediately. Doppelgangaz - Lalala


You might have noticed that he is a graffiti artist. Georg has been spraying for more than 15 years. I had to ask him whether he got busted in the past! Three times - first time at the age of sixteen. But luckily he could manage to get off the hook every time. Thanks to his supportive parents and outstanding negotiation skills of his lawyers.


When things started to become more and more complicated he decided to find a way to pursue his hobby without adding too much thrill to his general stress level. Luckily he found a way to do his art and earn some money too as a semi-pro graffiti artist.


Georg is a great example that graffiti artists actually love architecture. He likes the works of Ando or Zaha Hadid-Deren, Frank Gehry, Frank l. Wright or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.


It seems like he is going to be one of them - he is a student of architecture. Can't wait to see his works in a few years …


Who else could he be than "The Graffitect"


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Taken on October 30, 2011